On August 10, 2018, Health Canada issued a new rule allowing hemp farmers to begin harvesting the entire hemp plant; including the flowers, leaves, and buds. While the 2018 Cannabis Act legalized whole plant use for hemp, farmers were not allowed to begin harvesting until the law took effect on October 17, 2018. However, hemp processors were able to successfully lobby Health Canada to allow them to begin immediately, arguing that they needed extra time to research the most effective way to utilize the whole plant. Although hemp farmers can now begin harvesting immediately, they cannot begin selling their material until after October 17.
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